Grace and Peace in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is Tuesday morning, February 9 as I write to you today and we are drawing close to the season of Lent - the time of preparation for the season of Easter.
A few things to share from our most recent Session meeting at the beginning of February.
The Session acted on several maintenance concerns. A pump was replaced outside at the end of the activities building. The hot water heater for the activities building was also replaced. The hot water heater was original to the building and had served its time. The furnace that serves the kitchen, hallway and restrooms in the Activities Building needed to be serviced and Danny Branch who has done the vast majority of the work on our AC/Heat over the years got it running again, but cautioned that it is on its last legs and will need to be replaced. The Session has voted to replace it before we reach summer. The Session also voted to replace the gutters at the manse. We have a good tenant who takes good care of the property, and we have known that this was on the agenda as a need going back to last fall.
I again want to thank you for your support of our congregation which makes it possible to make these decisions and have this work done.
The Session also will be calling a meeting for the purpose of electing officers to the Session on Sunday, February 14 immediately following morning worship. Betty Hogan and Judy Morris are both ending three year terms. Both were not on the Session the year prior to beginning this term. They are being presented as nominees to serve a second consecutive three year term. They are both willing to serve, are faithful elders and are already familiar with the special circumstances of the pandemic. Again that meeting to elect will be on Sunday, February 14 after worship. I will plan a Zoom gathering at 2:00 p.m. for those who are not in person to be able to participate in this meeting. I will send out the link via the email list that we use for prayer concerns. If anyone has any questions about this or anything else and computers are not a convenient way to be in contact always feel invited to call me at (502) 492-3223.
The Session also decided to do another delivery prior to Lent similar to what was done prior to Advent. It will contain Lenten devotionals from the Presbyterian Outlook and a reading schedule that will allow you to read through the gospel of Mark during Lent if you choose. There will be additional items for households with children containing children's bulletins and coloring sheets. Please let us know if you have not received an envelope by Wednesday, February 17 (Ash Wednesday). Also, please let us know if you did not receive an envelope prior to Advent - we don't want to miss you again!
There will not be an in-person Ash Wednesday Service. Wednesday Evening Prayer (virtual) will reflect on Ash Wednesday on February 17.
There will be a Kids Club Zoom gathering on Sunday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m. Links will be sent out that weekend.
Hard to believe that it is almost Lent - we were in Lent when the pandemic began, hoping and praying that as we enter Lent and as more folks receive the vaccination we can see that light at the end of the pandemic growing brighter day by day.
A National Time of Remembrance
for the Victims of COVID-19